Because bees fly as far as three miles when pollinating plants, ascertaining if your honey is truly organic poses a challenge. Even if the insects are pollinating organic crops, it’s impossible to know if they’re also visiting nonorganic plants on the sly. In fact, say honey experts, the only way to ensure that this sweet stuff is organic is to find an area of the world where no pesticides or herbicides are used to grow agricultural products. For that reason, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to find organic honey in the continental United States.
But don’t fret: Organic honey is available—you just have to track it down. Dutch Gold Honey, for example, gets much of its organic honey supply from areas in Mexico and an island off Brazil, where there is no chance of cross-pollination with nonorganic crops.